Caring for your pets during fireworks displays
Fireworks are a common part of the holiday season, but unfortunately, they can cause stress to pets and other animals. Here are some tips to help you care for your pet and make them happy and safe if you know about a planned fireworks display near you.
What are the hazards of fireworks?
Fireworks can be frightening to animals, which is why they often flee and run away to avoid the noise. When frightened, dogs and horses may run away and injure themselves. Some dogs have been known for jumping through windows and digging under fences.
It is important to plan! New Year’s Eve is a given, but you should check the website of your local council to see if they have other fireworks displays (for instance, some states hold fireworks on New Year’s Day, Australia Day, or earlier on New Year’s Eve).
What can I do to help my dog?
You can help your dog by taking them for a walk before the fireworks begin. Then, please give them a nice meal about two hours after they have finished their exercise. A dog who has been well-fed and tired may be less anxious at night.
Stay at home if you can. Stay calm, let your dog stay with you, and do your normal things. Avoid excessive fussing, as this can encourage anxious behavior. Instead, engage your dog in normal activities like playing and reward him for his calm demeanor.
If possible, keep your dog inside, close the blinds, and make a place to hide (a cardboard box filled with blankets). To help you mask the outside noise, turn on soft music or TV.
As dogs can choke on their collars or leads when they panic, never tie your dog up during fireworks. Never use a choke chain to restrain your pet. It is not a good idea to leave your dog outside unattended. They are more likely to become scared, distressed, or escape.
Make sure that your dog has a microchip and your contact information is up-to-date on the register. Also, make sure they have an ID tag to ensure they can be returned if they accidentally escape.
What about other animals and pets?
Keep cats indoors when fireworks are going off (in fact, it is safer to keep them in most of the time ). Make sure they have a safe and comfortable place to hide. Most cats will hide and then come out once the noise has stopped. Close the blinds, play some music, or watch TV to mask noises.
Horses are injured when they escape from fireworks. Horses should be temporarily or securely moved away from fireworks displays. Remove any sharp objects that could damage a horse. Cover the windows of the stable to block out the view and noise from the fireworks. Provide food and water.
It is best to consult your veterinarian before fireworks are planned if you know that your pet is afraid of them. Your veterinarian can offer professional advice about other ways to help your pet, including training and medication.
Fireworks can also affect wildlife. Fireworks can also cause nature to be involved. Wild birds may take off and hurt themselves. Larger animals, such as kangaroos or wallabies, will flee but end up on the road. Animals can also be poisoned by fireworks debris. Keep the contact information of wildlife carer organizations handy in case an animal needs your assistance.
We can ensure that our pets have a happy and safe holiday season by taking a few precautions.